4 July 1903
CRUELTY TO A MARE
Charge Against an Ashton Man
At Hyde on Monday before the county magistrates Thomas
GREEN, of 43 England-street, Ashton-under-Lyne, was charged
with ill-treating and torturing a mare on the 23rd ult,
at Mottram. Constable WAKEFIELD stated that at 8.5pm on
the 23rd he was on duty in Market-street, Mottram, when
he saw a black mare attached to a cart in front of the
chip shop in Back-lane. He noticed the animal seemed very
lame, and that the perspiration was dropping from it.
Shortly afterwards defendant
came out of the chip shop, when witness asked about the
animal, and he replied that it had been kicking and had
gone very lame. Witness ordered that the animal should
be taken out of the cart and stabled at once, and this
was done. The next day defendant came and asked that the
animal should be allowed to go out into a field, but on
going to examine it, they found its leg was broken. In
consequence the animal was slaughtered.
Joseph OLLERENSHAW, of 63 Broadbottom-road,
Mottram, said he saw the defendant on the day in question
near the Crescent Inn, Broadbottom. He was in charge of
a dark-coloured mare. He noticed the animal was very lame,
and that it was sweating. Witness considered it was not
in a fit state to work.
Inspector ROBINSON, of the
RSPCA, deposed that he visited a slaughter-house in Mottram
on the 25th ult, where he found the dead body of animal.
He secured the off bones of the off, hind leg. He found
that the tendons and ligaments were very badly strained
and lacerated, and that other bones were fractured. The
animal must have suffered excruciating pain. On the next
morning he went to Ashton and saw the defendant. –
Witness produced in court for the inspection of the Bench
the fractured section of the leg of the dead mare. –
A fine of 5s and costs was imposed.
OF THE OXO CAR?
Letter from the Hon. Sec.
Sir, - Kindly allow me space for the explanation required
as to what became of the Oxo car. All arrangements were
completed a few days before the race; but I am sorry to
say the persons appointed to look after the Oxo were not
capable of looking after themselves, let alone 50 competitors.
The Oxo was prepared on Monday night, and sent down to
be placed in the Oxo car, along with six bottles of eau
de Cologne, as stated in last Saturday’s Reporter.
Part of the Oxo was stolen,
also one bottle ready for mixing hot. When the car reached
Buxton, what was left of the Oxo was taken from the car
and placed in a trap which had been requisitioned to supply
the Oxo along the route. I myself left Buxton one hour
after the competitors. When I reached Macclesfield I was
informed that the trap containing the Oxo had not left
Buxton, the man left in charge being in a helpless state
I then ordered refreshments
at Macclesfield, also at Poynton, Hazel Grove, and Stockport.
I never saw anything myself of the Oxo car from leaving
Buxton. I shall certainly expect an apology through the
medium of your paper from the men in charge of the Oxo
I also wish to add that the
Oxo firm complied with my request and sent off enough
Oxo that would have supplied the competitors twice the
distance they traversed. I also beg to thank the public
and police for the excellent preparations made for the
comfort of the competitors. Thanking you for the space,
- Yours faithfully,
T G GREAVES, Hon. Sec.
ABOUT THE OXO
Sir, - It is some little satisfaction that Mr GREAVES
has had the courage to give us the real truth about the
Oxo. It may pass off at that with some people, but some
of us who saw the condition of the walkers, through the
oppressive heat, over dusty roads, with lack of some provision
to quench their thirst, still consider, not withstanding
his explanation, that a great injustice and insult was
committed to those men, through neglecting to make some
They seem to have been started
off on the “do as you like” principle, and
for twenty miles were shamefully neglected. But why depend
on Oxo alone, watered down to vanishing point? Have we
not some other substitutes to take the place of oxo? I
have in mind that great undertaking and change in the
permanent way of the Great Western Railway Company some
years ago, where the drink used was oatmeal and water,
tried and proved sufficient for furnace men, glass workers
and others, and described by the “Times” as
the most nourishing of all drinks.
Let some competitor try this
drink, which can be seasoned with lemon, and then give
us the result. There are also many other “refreshers”
besides those alcoholic, but in this case if walker, Had
no friend with him, he got nothing.
If we have another official
competition, let it be conducted by sober men, who can
not only take care of themselves, but be able to render
such assistance as may be necessary by those deserving
of more humane treatment than was shown in the Buxton
to Ashton walk. – Yours truly,
E C BAINBRIDGE
OF MOTOR CARS
Sir, - It is about time an alteration was made in the
law regarding the running of motor cars. A fine of £10
imposed upon those who use the cars improperly in respect
to speed is but as a straw to them. After two heavy fines,
if the offence is repeated, the best remedy is imprisonment,
which would act as a cure in most cases.
We are afraid to go out in
this locality with a horse of any spirit on account of
the motor cars. Forty miles an hour is a regular speed
for them. A few days ago a car which passed along the
Bridgenorth and Ludlow road was timed, and was found to
cover a particular mile in one minute.
As to the regulation speed
of twelve miles an hour, it is a farce. On Sunday a motor
car did a distance of twelve miles past here at an average
speed of forty miles an hour on the riders’ own
showing. Several parts of the main roads require widening,
and the money for doing the work ought to be raised by
putting a heavy tax on motor cars.
Signed, Jno. WOOLLEY
Brockton, Much Wenlock, Salop
MATCH AT ASHTON
There was a walking match from the house of Mr George
GRIME, Junction Inn, Turner-lane, Ashton, to the Red Lion
Hotel, Crown Point, Denton, and back to the Junction Inn,
a distance of 6½ miles, on Thursday night. The
first prize was a Gladstone bag awarded to Jas. CASSIDY,
aged 15 year; time 1 hour 4 minutes (2 minutes start).
Second prize, silver medal,
gold centre, awarded to George DAVIS, aged 13 years, 1
hour 12 mins, having allowed 7 minutes start. Third prize,
bottle of special whiskey, awarded to Harold LOMAS, 1
hour 5 mins, 25 secs, scratch man. There was also a special
prize awarded to Miss CLEMENTS, aged 11 years, comprising
a silver medal, gold centre; time 1 hour 12 mins 26 secs,
having had 7 minutes start from scratch men.
A spectator writes:- Whilst
the walking excitement seems to be at fever heat just
now, a word of warning to those who promote these contests
will not be out of place. Incalculable harm may be done,
if due caution and judgment are not exercised. A walking
contest from Ashton to Crown Point and back took place
on Thursday night. One of the competitors was a little
girl about 10 years old.
Surely it is the height of
folly to permit children of such tender age to compete
against men in an effort which, even to the latter, often
results in extreme exhaustion. Such a terrible strain
on a child’s heart cannot fail to have disastrous
effects on its health, and on this ground I appeal to
the promoters of such contests to exercise common sense
and prohibit the entrance of children.
CHILDREN BOUND FOR CANADA
The four children for whom Mr G H PARTINGTON, clerk to
the Ashton Board of Guardians, obtained orders at the
Ashton Borough Court some two months ago to send them
to Canada, embarked at Liverpool for their new homes on
Thursday. They are to be placed in the homes of farmers
in Canada to undergo a course of training, and will be
periodically inspected by properly authorised persons
until they attain the age of 16 years, when they will
be at liberty to strike out on their own account.
It will be remembered that
a brother and sister named STAFFORD were to be sent away,
but when the matter came before the magistrates the girl
refused to go. Since then the father of the children,
who was said to be in prison, has turned up and claimed
both the boy and girl. The names of the children who sailed
on Thursday are James and Christine McGANLEY (brother
and sister), John BURNS, and Agnes MANION.
KILLED AT ASHTON MOSS COLLIERY
Fall from a Chimney
Following on the sad accident which occurred at the Ashton
New Moss Colliery on Tuesday forenoon, by which a miner
named Rueben SMALLEY was crushed to death, another and
equally serious accident occurred on the colliery premises
about four o’clock in the afternoon of the same
A steeple-jack named Robert
HARTLEY, aged 43 years, residing at 7 Grundy-street, Oldham,
who was in the employ of Mr Joseph BALL, steeple-jack,
of the York Castle, Oldham, was engaged in repairing the
chimney of the pit, and was working on a scaffold about
sixty feet from the ground, when he by some means missed
his footing, and fell to the ground.
He was terribly injured about
the head, ribs and the left arm, and was rendered unconscious.
Several workmen engaged in the vicinity ran to the spot,
and he was placed in the colliery ambulance and conveyed
with all speed to the surgery of Dr CRAWSHAW, and thence
to the District Infirmary, where he died at 6.40pm.
Strange Behaviour of a Dukinfield Young Man
Stealing His Mother’s Savings
The County Magistrates at Hyde Police Court were called
upon to adjudicate in a painful case which came before
them on Monday, in which Frederick Wm. THOMPSON, a tinplate
worker by trade, was charged with stealing a sovereign
from a drawer of dwelling-house in Birch-lane, Dukinfield,
on the 24th ult, the property of his mother.
Elizabeth THOMPSON said she
kept a grocer’s shop at 6 Birch-lane, Dukinfield.
Prisoner was her son, and he resided with her. On Wednesday,
the 24th ult, she placed some money in a drawer in the
kitchen, at the same time locking the drawer. On Friday
night she missed the sovereign. For some time previously
she had missed the key, and she had to get another one.
Prisoner went away about Friday
about noon, and she did not see him again until the following
day, when she saw him at the police station. On several
occasions she had missed money from the drawer. The key
produced, which was the missing key, was found on prisoner.
Sergeant CLAYES said he received
prisoner into custody on Saturday, and charged him with
stealing a sovereign of his mother’s money. He replied
that it was quite true. Witness found the key produced
on the prisoner, and it fitted the drawer in question.
Prisoner had 15s 9d in his possession when arrested.
Superintendent CROGHAN said
prisoner had been twice convicted for sleeping out. When
he was arrested for the offence for which he was now charged
he was found by the police rambling about Denton. Mrs
THOMPSON, recalled by the magistrates, said she thought
her son was a bit slow, but he knew when he was doing
The Chairman of the magistrates
(to prisoner): Would you like to go to an asylum? –
Prisoner: No, sir. – The Chairman: I think that
is the next best step for you. You have been to prison
and that doesn’t seem to have done you any good.
After a long consultation on
the part of the magistrates, the Chairman said they hardly
knew what they were to do with prisoner, but on asking
if he could get work and behave well to his mother if
they gave him another chance, he said he would. It was
accordingly decided to defer sentence for three months
to see how he went on, and he was bound over to come up
in three months for judgment, himself in £5 and
his mother in £5.
A Struggle in Dukinfield Road – One of the Combatants
Charged with Theft
At Hyde, on Monday, before the county magistrates, Nathan
PARKIN, of 4 Nelson-street, Dukinfield, was charged with
stealing a young cockerel, value 3s 6d, the property of
Edwin ANDERSTON, on the 27th ult.
Edwin ANDERTON said he resided
at 7 Ogden Square, Dukinfield. Witness exchanged the cockerel
produced for another on the Ashton Market Ground on Saturday.
On coming home, he called in the Magnet beerhouse. He
had the cockerel with him at the time, and it was alive.
He saw the prisoner in the beerhouse, and the latter said,
“This is my cockerel.” Witness said it wasn’t,
and he (witness) then left the house. Prisoner followed
him, and overtook him at the Park Hotel, and without speaking
to him threw him to the floor and took the cockerel from
him, and it was killed in the struggle. Prisoner then
went in the direction of Nelson-street, and witness gave
information to the police. The same evening witness saw
prisoner at the police station. He identified him, and
gave him in charge. The fowl was worth 3s 6d.
John Thomas JONES, of 3 Waterloo-road,
Dukinfield, coal miner, said he remembered Saturday night
last. He was standing at the Old Bridge about 8.30, when
he saw ANDERTON leave the Magnet Inn. He came towards
witness, and the latter saw the bird produced in his possession.
Immediately afterwards he saw prisoner come out of the
“Magnet,” and was held by a woman. He afterward
broke loose from the woman and ran after ANDERTON. He
overtook him near the Park Hotel, where he got hold of
ANDERTON and threw him down. He then got hold of the cockerel’s
leg, and ANDERTON stuck to its head and in the struggle
the cock got killed.
Constable KENNY stated that
on the 27th, in consequence of information received, he
went to prisoner’s house, and there found the fowl
produced. He afterwards found the prisoner in the Park
Hotel. He took him to the police station, but as he was
not sober he did not then charge him. On the following
day he charged him with stealing a young cockerel, value
3s 6d, from Edwin ANDERTON. He replied, “That’s
him; I bargained with him to buy the fowl. I offered him
a shilling for it, but I don’t know whether he took
it or not.
Prisoner pleaded guilty to
the charge, but said he was in drink at the time, and
was under the impression the fowl was his. The chairman
of the magistrates (County Alderman BEELEY) said drink
was no excuse. If a man made himself incapable that was
no reason why he should commit an injustice upon anybody
else. Superintendent CROGHAN said prisoner had been five
times convicted for drunkenness, twice for assaulting
the police, and once for a breach of the peace. A fine
of 10s, and costs, or 14 days, was imposed.